>> I wouldn't presume->> A newly declassified House Intelligence Committee report on the Edward Snowden leaks alleges the former National Security Agency contractor has had or continues to have contact with Russian intelligence services. Reuters reporter Dustin Volz, calls this an explosive claim.>> Snowden, of course, lives in Moscow where he has been granted asylum since being marooned at the airport in Moscow there more than three years ago.
There's long been accusations from his critics in Congress and elsewhere that he actually planned to go to Russia because he wanted to share intelligence with Vladimir Putin and the Russian intelligence services. But this is the first time we're seeing such a official suggestion that this is the case.
>> Snowden on Twitter vehemently denying the report, calling it a, quote, endless parade of falsity so unbelievable it comes across as parody. Yet unintentionally exonerating. After three years of investigation and millions of dollars, he says, they can present no evidence of harmful intent, foreign influence, or harm. The report claims the Pentagon found 13 undisclosed high-risk security issues caused by Snowden's disclosure to media outlets of tens of thousands of sensitive documents.
Snowden argues that the report fails to take into account the civic good his disclosures have accomplished.>> I think it's easier to read this report as somewhat of a character attack on Snowden. They go to great lengths to say that he was not a whistleblower. They say that he wasn't motivated by any act of conscience.
In fact, most of the documents that he stole did not have to do with electronic surveillance and privacy, but had to do with classified information about the U.S. national security. Certainly I think this report just again, reflects that Snowden has a complicated legacy in the eyes of many people, both officials and the American public.
There has been a movement to pardon, for President Obama to pardon Snowden before he leaves office next month. The administration and Intelligence officials have said that simply is not going to happen.>> As for that legacy, it continues to be an open debate in the public sphere on whether he was a hero or a traitor.